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By Lizzie_Shepherd  
Compared to most of the Isle of Lewis, this beach on the west coast was relatively calm - still some dramatic crashing waves and, for a while, a rainbow. Most fun, but somewhat hard to see at this size, is the largest sea stack which looks like some strange kind of sphinx emerging from the sea...

Tags: Rainbow Waves Rock stacks Lewis Landscape and travel Outer hebrides Dalmore

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Melanie_M 12 168 9 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2010 7:41PM
Beautiful capture of the rainbow and of the crashing waves. I might be tempted to crop out the botttom of the image to exclude the sand so to emphasize more the span of the rainbow and the drama of the light on the waves.

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Thanks very much Melanie. I had exactly the same thought as you re cropping when I first looked at my images from the beach. However, when I tried it, to my eyes the image became unbalanced and just seemed to lack the anchor that the beach provides. Shame it's not a prettier wave pattern in the foreground - I have some that are but they are slow exposures and so lose the crashing of waves... I had hoped to get another chance to experiment a bit more with different compositions and focal lengths but the weather changed. Next time!
28 Oct 2010 9:24PM
I can see that you've composed this very carefully and deliberately and I tend to agree that the strip of sand gives it more context although a bit more sand (running right into the bottom lh corner) might have helped. A wonderful mment to capture creating a striking image. Well done.
Alun - thanks for your comments. You're right about it being a deliberate composition - this is uncropped - though one is somewhat compromised by an incoming tide engulfing the tripod every now and then Wink I agree it would be nice to have a little more space under that final wave - my concentration was entirely on the sea crashing around the sea stacks. I've checked my images and I do have some with this space but not perhaps as nice wave patterns overall - probably should have fired off a few more in quick succession and then I might have got everything I was after in the one image!

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